- The Washington Times - Monday, September 24, 2007



 Jason Campbell had another inconsistent day. He hit Santana Moss with a pretty 49-yard pass that set up a touchdown toss to Chris Cooley, but he also threw off-target on numerous short and medium passes against a Giants pass defense the Packers and Cowboys shredded. The reworked offensive line faded as the game wore on.


 Clinton Portis suffered a humdrum day and lost a critical fumble at the Washington 44 in the fourth quarter. Ladell Betts fared even worse, losing yardage four times — including on the final play from the New York 1-yard line. The line struggled to open holes against a Giants defense that had allowed an average of 40 points in its first two games.


 The Redskins picked off Eli Manning twice and sacked him twice, but he still was able to rally the Giants from a 17-3 halftime deficit. London Fletcher and Sean Taylor came up with the Redskins’ first interceptions of the season. Shawn Springs committed a huge pass interference infraction that set up the game-winning touchdown for the Giants.


 There was no in-between with Derrick Ward. The Giants’ new running back seemed either to gain eight or nine yards with each carry or get held to a yard or two. The Redskins’ run defense continued to slip since its stellar opener against the Dolphins. Tackle Cornelius Griffin, linebacker Rocky McIntosh and end Phillip Daniels returned from injuries.


 Shaun Suisham’s consecutive streak of made field goals ended at 13 with a 39-yard miss in the first quarter. He later nailed a 47-yarder. Punter Derrick Frost continues to impress, and Rock Cartwright returned kickoffs for 36 and 37 yards in the fourth quarter. Randle El’s 27-yard punt return gave the Redskins one last, missed chance.


 Good teams don’t blow two-touchdown leads at home against winless teams. The Redskins must have thought the game was over at halftime: The offense followed the break with three straight three-and-outs and gained 14 yards. The defense couldn’t stop the Giants from driving 61 and 62 yards for touchdowns before allowing the game-winning touchdown.

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